I Love Monkeys!
March 10 - Leg 4
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...nine
teams travel from the warm South Pacific to the colder climes of
Phil Kheoghan's home town of Christchurch, New Zealand. Once there,
they drove jet boats and, while most drove rally racers, one team
opted to go fishing for a while. David & Connor (Team Ribbon
Wearers) used the EXPRESS PASS gifted to them to pass up the DETOUR
and go straight to the ROADBLOCK where Connor ran a filthy "Shemozzle"
obstacle course. The team arrived at the PIT STOP in first and won
the prize...but they find out it's a "GAS & GO PIT STOP"
and they must keep Racing. But David's Achilles tendon is torn and
he's not sure he can continue. As he ponders this, more teams are
approaching. Nine teams remain...WHO...SHALL NOT...PASS!...NEXT?!
(Sorry...couldn't help myself.)
OUTSIDE OF CHRISTCHURCH,
What to do, what to do? David's leg
has become more and more painful as the Leg went on. Will he &
Connor eliminate themselves immediately after winning the third
Well,...David says that winning this
Leg has given him a bit of confidence. They didn't give up while
having cancer...they were NOT giving up now! Phil happily hands
them the first clue for Leg 4, which reads as follows:
FLY TO BALI,
Drive yourselves to the airport
and then fly over 4000 miles to Bali, Indonesia. Once you
land, travel to Monkey Forest. Once there, choose a coconut
and give it to a monkey who will then show you your next clue.
Well, a pressurized cabin MAY not
help the leg...but, heck, at least he can rest it. As they take
off, Jessica & John (Team Macklemore/Babe) check-in in 2nd...and
take off again. They want to remain strategic in this Race. Bates
& Anthony (Team Goons) are third, with Pam & Winnie (Team
Scrappers) RIGHT behind them in fourth. Joey & Meghan (Team
Cute Activate!) are fifth...Caroline & Jennifer (Team Cowboy
Descendants) are sixth...Mona & Beth (Team Rollergames) are
seventh with Max & Katie (Team Honeymooners) right behind them
in eighth...and, as it is a GAS & GO PIT STOP, it is also the
first N.E.L. (Non-Elimination Leg) of the Race, so Chuck & Wynona
(Team Roll Tide!) get to keep rolling.
But Max & Katie are the REAL strategic
ones; instead of booking to the airport, they go up TO this world-renowned
adventure retreat and ask to use a phone to call a travel agency
about flights to Bali. They find that the fastest flight to Bali
goes through Perth, Australia and lands at 8:35am. So they book
the flight and head for the travel agency to pick up the tix. AT
said teavel agency, Dave & Connor likewise find out about the
8:35-arriving flight and book it.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
Pam & Winnie travel straight to
the airport to find flights on an online computer. They find the
same flight and book it. Other teams start arriving at the airport
for flights to Bali and learn they must go to a travel agency to
get the tix. And at said agency, some find the same flight and,
when that's apparantly booked, others find a flight through Singapore
that arrives...at 12:05pm. Joey & Meghan, Jessica & John
and Mona & Beth hold to their alliance and try to book the same
flight. But Team Rollergames may not be able to get on the flight...but
a flight connects through Sydney and Kuala Lampur that arrives in
Bali at the same time. So they book that...as does Chuck & Wynona...as
does Bates & Anthony.
TEAMS ARRIVING AT 0835:
Honeymooners, Ribbon Wearers,
Cowboy Descendants and Scrappers
TEAMS ARRIVING AT
1205 (via Kuala Lampur): Rollergames,
Goons and Roll Tide!
TEAMS ARRIVING AT
1205 (via Sinagapore): Macklemore/Babe
and Cute Activate!
And, using a highly outdated reference,
everyone is like Crosby and Hope and are on the Road to Bali!
SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT
In the capital so nice it makes up
the entirety of the city-state, Teams Macklemore/Babe and Cute Activate!
arrive to catch their connecting flight...but ALSO to find a FASTER
flight. And they DO; one that arrives at 10:30am is open. So they'll
actually be the second group to arrive at...
Ah, the Island of Peace...and Gods...and
Love...and Hinduism. So many nicknames...it's the Chicago of Southeast
Asia. It's also the island where, in the early morning, eight Americans
land and find cabs to the Monkey Forest. Pam & Winnie are first
out to the highways, followed by David & Connor in second, Max
& Katie in third and Caroline & Jennifer bringing up the
(decent-looking) rear. The girls even have a song prepared, which
they sing for the cabbie en route to...
UBUD MONKEY FOREST
The teams arrive and tell their cabbies
to wait on them as they enter the park. And, as befitting a park
by that name, the monkeys are EVERYWHERE! The instructions are simple
for the teams: take a coconut from a flagged cage, place it somewhere...and
wait for a monkey to pick it up and open it for their clue. Uh,...yeah...simple...except
that the monkeys are scared of the other tourists that walk by.
But monkeys find Team Ribbon Wearer's and Team Scrapper's nuts and
start to open them with their teeth. And, after a while, David &
Connor scares their monkey, who drops the opened coconut...which
has something rolled up inside. It's a mini-clue which is their
or FRUITY TOP
SANDY BOTTOM: Travel to the
marked place by the Ayung river. Then place a basket on your
head, delve into the river and scoop up volcanic sand from
the bottom of said river into your basket. Once you feel you've
filled enough, you must take the sand 200 yards uphill to
the brickmaker and fill a bucket to a designated line. Once
you have enough sand to fill the bucket, the brickmaker (who
will USE the sand to make bricks) will hand you your next
FRUITY TOP: Head to the marked
Hindu shrine. Once there, use assorted fruits and leaves to
make an elaborate religious offering known as a gebogan.
When completed, it will be carried in a traditional manner
to the Desa Puseh Temple where it will be blessed by a priest.
After the blessing, you are to place it on the "Bali
pongoon" whereby the priest will then hand you your next
Well, since David cannot POSSIBLY haul
sand up a 200-yard hill on that bum leg, he & Connor decide
on FRUITY TOP and head out of the park. Other teams' cocnuts are
being eaten up by the monkeys...but it's Team Honeymooners' nut
that's cracked in second...and they choose FRUITY TOP as well. Pam
& Winnie FINALLY get theirs and follow the others to the shrine
in third. And Team Cowboy Descendants make it a clean sweep as they,
too, choose TOP over BOTTOM.
AH, LOOK OUT! A PLANE'S LANDING ON
THEM! Oh,...wait...it's just the second flight out of Singapore.
Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan scramble out of the airport
and heading to the Forest. When they arrive, Team Macklemore/Babe's
monkey CARRIES the nut up into a tree...while Team Cute Activate!'s
simian just munched it on the ground with Joey egging it on. Fortunately,
the clue falls out of the nut and the tree so Jessica & John
can leave for FRUITY TOP in fifth. Joey & Meghan grab THEIR
clue in sixth and, likewise, head to make an offering out of fruit.
David & Connor are (again) feeling
this might be their last leg...and they want to "smash it"
and come out on top again. They arrive at the shrine, the other
three teams arriving right behind them. The Americans get sarongs
tied to their waists and look upon the "control group"
gebogan. Pam has experience in model-making so she & Winnie
concentrate on the base first. The teams gather their fruit and
get to sticking them in the right places on their "offering".
3 1/2 hours behind the lead back and
95 minutes behind the fortunate second group, the last plane touches
down in Bali and Bates & Anthony, Mona & Beth and Chuck
& Wynona get in their own cabs. Aaaaaand, Team Goons' "super
cabbie" ends up being super-CRAPPY as he's lost his way, allowing
the others to reach the Forest ahead of them. "If we weren't
last before, we are now," says Anthony, adding in a sarcastic
tone, "Awesome." When Team Roll Tide!'s monkey spills
the coconut on the floor, they pick up the clue and head for (where
else?) FRUITY TOP in seventh. Team Rollergames' get the clue...and
the bricklayer will FINALLY get so helpers as the roller derby moms
choose SANDY BOTTOM since, as they say, they're good at "grunt
work". It's a fair while before Bates & Anthony arrive
and get THEIR clue, choosing SANDY BOTTOM as well...until their
cabbie says he doesn't know where that is and, as such, they switch
to FRUITY TOP.
Back at FURITY TOP, Pan & Winnie
wince at how shody the other gebogans look compared to their meticulously-crafted
fruit pyramid. Still, their offering is given the thumbs-up by the
shrine maiden and they bring it out to the street to be carried
to the temple. The maiden then gives a thumbs-DOWN to Team Cowboy
Descendants' job...and a thumbs-UP to Team Ribbon Wearer's one.
Team Scrappers' procession leaves (with the gebogan on another maiden's
head) about a minute before the father-son team's does.
Pam & Winnie arrive at the temple,
set down the offering, get the blessing by the priest, place the
offering on a high stage and get this ADDED blessing from the priest
in the form of a clue:
Make your way to Uluwatu
Surf Beach on the Bukit Peninsula and search for your next
They leave in first, but
David & Connor are minutes behind them after their blessing
and offering. As they depart, Max & Katie finish THEIR gebogan
and walk it down the road. And just as Caroline & Jennifer get
the thumbs-up for THEIRS, Team Macklemore/Babe arrive...somewhere...just...not
where they're SUPPOSED to be. But,...they THINK it's where they're
supposed to be and that the flowers and whatnot on the floor are
PART of the gebogan. Ut oh. As Team Honeymooners and Team Cowboy
Descendants leave the DETOUR in 3rd and 4th, Jessica & John
make what they THINK is the offering...but then they find out they're
in the wrong place! Good thing the RIGHT place isn't far from there;
they're able to join Team Cute Activate! in making the PROPER offerings.
John claims to be "anal retentive" so this task should
be a breeze. And Joey & Meghan have experience making cosplay
costumes and paying attention to detail so...same.
Meanwhile, Mona &
Beth arrive at SANDY BOTTOM. They watch three locals demonstrate
how to dig up the sand and put it in the basket on their heads.
They slip a bit in the river sand but they're eager to get to work.
Pam & Winnie hold
the lead as they arrive someplace above the beach. A Clue Box awaits
them and, when they open the clue, it's their next...
TO GET TOTALLY TUBULAR AND BE WORKED IN A WAY-GNARLY CHALLENGE?
One team member must head
down to the Uluwatu's Ketut's Surf Shop and search the miriad
of boards until you find one with something you've all encountered
on the Race before (specifically, the Tahitian priest who
blessed them in Bora Bora). Once you've found it, pick it
up, find your teammate and run to the PIT STOP for this Leg
of the Race! You can ONLY be checked-in if you have the right
board. Otherwise, you must return the board to the shop and
find one with the RIGHT face on it.
WARNING: The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Winnie decides to do the
task. As she winds her way down the path to the shop, David &
Connor arrive. Of course, Connor has to do this 'BLOCK (as he rapidly
approaches the - presumably - seven-'BLOCK limit for this Race).
Winnie gets to the shop
and looks through the (rather flimsy) surfboards. She knows it's
not a specific DETOUR or ROADBLOCK because it's something EVERYONE
met...which means a task EVERYONE had to do. She picks one out,
saying that the guy on said board looks like the guy who blessed
them in the South Pacific. As she runs back, Connor passes her and
she directs him to the boards. Then Max & Katie arrive and Max
decides to get "tubular", followed by Caroline.
Back at the DETOUR, Team
Rollergames dumped about 30 or 40 pounds of sand into each of their
baskets and start the long slog up the slope with the weight on
their heads. Fortunately, the two baskets worth fill up the bucket
ALMOST to the line, so it shouldn't be much of a to-do to polish
it off. And at the OTHER half, Team Macklemore/Babe gets a thumbs-down
from the maiden...and start to get annoyed. Jennifer says they should
start from scratch. On the good side, Team Goons showed up at last...and
was stoked that other teams were still there.
Back at the 'BLOCK, Winnie
passed Connor again...while Connor is still looking for the right
board. Winnie doesn't want to give Connor a clue about what he's
looking for; she just wants to find Phil. But Connor sneaks a peek
and FINDS the picture he's looking for. He grabs a similar board
and books. Max finds one almost immediately with the "guy who
married them". It's Connor who arrives back with his father
and the two do a three-legged race to...
ULUWATU SURF BEACH
There's Phil and his Bali
surfer greeter...and her comes Team Ribbon Wearers. Connor shows
Phil the board...Phil confirms it is the RIGHT board...and, for
the second Leg in a row, they are Team # 1! And their prize? Cold
hard American CASH to the tune of five grand apiece! They feel they're
going to go on and win...one "Leg" at a time.
Winnie finally finds her
way back to Pam and they take off...but Max & Katie are on their
tails. Team Scrappers are confirmed as Team # 2, their highest position
yet. A minute later, Team Honeymooners check-in as Team # 3.
Back to the DETOUR. Wynona
compares Chuck working on this to him working on his taxidermy.
Bates & Anthony are playing catch-up...and Jessica & John
quietly argue with each other about what exactly is wrong with their
offering. Jennifer thinks theirs should be more like Team Cute Activate!'s
one...but John tells her to concentrate on the example. Too bad...because
Joey & Meghan gets the thumbs-up. This gets Team Macklemore/Babe
freaking out. They U-TURN themselves and head for SANDY BOTTOM...and
not even THINK about the EXPRESS PASS for now. Team Roll Tide! get
their offering acceptable, leaving Team Goons alone. Joey &
Meghan leave the DETOUR in 5th, Chuck & Wynona in 7th...
...and I mean "7th"
because, at SANDY BOTTOM, Mona & Beth bring up their last baskets
full of sand...and the brickmaker sends them to the ROADBLOCK in
6th, just minutes ahead of Team Roll Tide!
Caroline is still trying
to find the right board...and decides on one that says "BALI"
on it since they HAVE all "encountered" it. She grabs
Jennifer, they go to Phil...and they get turned back! Caroline tries
again, this time with a surfer sticker on the board. But, again,
Phil sends them back...crying, no less. Good thing no one else has
arrived yet...because Team Cute Activate! is at the wrong beach!
And, since they let their cabbie go, they have to hoof it to the
right beach nearby. Caroline sees "a guy" on a board and
just takes it....passing by Chuck as he starts the ROADBLOCK...and
Joey starting HIS. She & Jennifer are exhausted as they approach
Phil...but Phil reminds them of what happened in Bora Bora and names
them Team # 4!
Team Macklemore/Babe arrives
at SANDY BOTTOM, with John CONFIDENT they can knock this task out
quickly. Little do they know that Bates & Anthony have finished
their offering and have departed in 8th from the DETOUR. They thought
that, with Mona & Beth not there, they must have switched as
well. Oh, snap. They fill up their baskets...and Jennifer "ow"s
at her neck hurting. It takes another painful trip, though, for
them to leave the DETOUR...in LAST! At least they still have the
EXPRESS PASS...and, if anyone is still doing the ROADBLOCK when
they arrive,...they'll still be in it.
As the sun starts to set
on Bali, Team Rollergames arrives at the ROADBLOCK with Mona choosing
for them. Three people scramble through the boards, looking for
what they had all encountered. Chuck thinks it's a woman with a
fruit basket on her head because, well, that's where he just was.
As he looks for the road back to Wynona, Bates heads down for Team
Goons. Joey picks one and heads back up...as does Mona. Bates actually
HAS the right board in hand...but puts it back as he's "not
positive". As Chuck gets lost, Team Cute Activate! locks in
Team # 5. Beth & Mona are turned back...but not before Joey
points out what Mona's looking for. Jessica & John finally arrive
and John does the ROADBLOCK...despite there being three other teams.
Team Rollergames returns
to Phil with the right board and are proclaimed Team # 6. Team Roll
Tide! arrives...but are turned back...but not without Mona...just
standing there and not saying a word. Bates has taken the right
board after all and, after going all over the place, meets up with
Anthony. They are Team # 7.
Chuck and John scramble
through the boards. Chuck finds one...and takes off. John...doesn't
stop looking, even though he could just hand the EXPRESS PASS to
the owner and sprint with Jessica to the PIT STOP.
Chuck brings Wynona to
He turns the board around...
Phil checks the picture...
and names them Team #
The sun sets...and John
still hasn't found what he's looking for. As he runs to Jennifer,
she tells him that they're last. But...John refuses to give up and
goes BACK to the shop. After an hour and fifteen minutes, John recognizes
something. He brings the board and Jennifer to the PIT STOP...where
Phil informs them that it's too little too late. They have become
the first Amazing Race team EVER to be Philiminated while HOLDING
an EXPRESS PASS! John doesn't regret what happened. He know they
could've run this Leg better...but he says he doesn't NEED the million
anyway. Jessica, however, feels this will haunt her for a good while.
To know they had a way to keep from being Philiminated...and not
use it...well, Phil says it best at the end of the ep:
AFTER LEG 3:
BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA to CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
1) David & Connor**
- EXPRESS PASS [gifted, used], Bangkok (+1)
2) Jessica & John - EXPRESS PASS (+1)
3) Max & Katie (+5)
4) Bates & Anthony** - London (-2)
5) Pam & Winnie (+5)
6) Joey & Meghan (-1)
7) Caroline & Jennifer (+1)
8) Mona & Beth (-1)
9) Chuck** & Wynona (-4)
ELIMINATED IN 10th) Idries & Jamil
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Matt & Daniel
IN LEG: Pam & Winnie
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Chuck & Wynona
AFTER LEG 4:
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND to BALI, INDONESIA
1) David & Connor***
- EXPRESS PASS [gifted, used], Bangkok, $10G (EVEN)
2) Pam & Winnie* (+3)
3) Max* & Katie (EVEN)
4) Caroline* & Jennifer (+3)
5) Joey* & Meghan (+1)
6) Mona* & Beth (+2)
7) Bates & Anthony* - London (-3)
8) Chuck*** & Wynona (+1)
ELIMINATED IN 9th) Jessica & John - EXPRESS PASS [unused]
ELIMINATED IN 10th) Idries & Jamil
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Matt & Daniel
* = One ROADBLOCK
more than partner
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN LEG: Pam & Winnie and Caroline
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Jessica & John
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